The World Series of Poker is known as one of the most prestigious championships in the poker world and poker players from every corner of the world are always filled with anticipation while preparing for the global gathering. Main Events are usually the jewel in the crown of every tournament and the WSOP Main Events throughout the years have been nothing but spectacular and generous to their poker contestants.
2011 WSOP Main Event ($64,531,000)
The prize pool at ever poker event is crucial to the overall pay rate and the ultimate prize the winner will have the chance to take home with them. Fourth place in our countdown of WSOP Main Events, boasting the biggest prize pools in the history of poker, goes to the 2011 edition of the tournament when the first place was occupied by a poker player from another continent. Pius Heinz from Germany claimed the throne at the WSOP Main Event, which managed to gather a prize pool amounting to $64,531,000. Heinz himself earned $8,711,956 for his deep run in the championship and for demonstrating his full potential and chip lead at the final table.
2017 WSOP Main Event ($67,877,400)
The year of 2017 will be remembered in the poker history as one of the most successful for the poker industry since the 2017 WSOP Main Event has climbed to the third position in the prize pool chart. Reaching $67,877,400, this year’s edition offered a big payday for many poker players attending the event, and especially for the winner of it. Scott Blumstein from the US made it to the final table, defeating all his opponents and effortlessly became $8,150,000 richer at the end of the big event. This was the first cash for the 25-year-old player and he was more than ecstatic by it.
2010 WSOP Main Event ($68,798,600)
In our chart, the runner-up position goes to a not so recent Main Event of the World Series of Poker, namely the 2010 edition of the international poker championship. The prize pool then reached $68,798,600, which helped the first place prize to jump even higher than expected. The poker player who dominated the final table at the WSOP Main Event was Jonathan Duhamel from Canada, who pocketed $8,944,310. Among the faces present at Day 1A of the event was that of Ray Romano, who also tried his luck at the poker tables.
2006 WSOP Main Event ($82,512,162)
So far in the history of Main Events at the World Series of Poker, there is one year which stands out from the crowd with its impressive prize pool. The 2006 WSOP Main Event managed to collect the impressive $82,512,162. The winner at that event was US poker pro Jamie Gold, who received $12,000,000 for his spectacular performance at the poker tables. The event was a $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em which provided for the big interest in it and the four separate flights at the beginning of the race.